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Open Faith Salon— Befriending the Unknown and Embracing Uncertainty: Multi-Faith Perspectives

Sunday March 5, 2017 – 7:00-9:30pm
Location: Chochmat HaLev

Since the 2016 election, many of us have been in a state of heightened anxiety. So much is unknown, and fear is a common response to uncertainty. We humans love to “know” and be able to predict what is going to happen next, and our brains are wired to “fill in the blanks”, even if it means filling them in with our most dreaded fears and catastrophic expectations.

But there is another possible response—one that draws on the spiritual wisdom of our faith. Every religious tradition has teachings that help us face the unknown with hope and courage. And while fundamentalists offer a false sense of security with overly-certain beliefs, mystics challenge us to embrace uncertainty as the true ground of being and to see it as an opportunity for transformative growth.

Practices like meditation and prayer provide an opportunity to dive head-on into the unknown—to face what we most fear as a way to discern truth and encounter the great Mystery. In meditation we learn to pay attention to our moment to moment experience rather than our ideas of reality. We embrace the essential groundlessness and ever-changing nature of reality, what Jewish mystics refer to as the “Divine Becoming” in all its splendor and potential.

This gathering will provide an opportunity to explore spiritual wisdom teachings and practices that can help us deepen in our faith and develop the courage and resilience needed to thrive during these uncertain and unpredictable times.


Rev. Matthew Fox is a spiritual theologian who has written over 33 books on spirituality and culture, and has been consciously reinventing education to make it more possible to teach wisdom and not just knowledge.  Among his recent works are Meister Eckhart: A Mystic-Warrior For our Times; A Way to God: Thomas Merton’s Creation Spirituality Journey; Stations of the Cosmic Christ.

Estelle Frankel is a practicing psychotherapist, spiritual advisor and seasoned teacher of Jewish mysticism who blends the healing wisdom and spiritual practices of Kabbalah with depth psychology. She is the author of Sacred Therapy and just released The Wisdom of Not Knowing: Discovering a Life of Wonder by Embracing Uncertainty

Shaykh Yassir Chadly served as imam (spiritual leader) of the Masjid Al Iman mosque in Oakland from 1991 – 2016 . He has lectured extensively on Islam, Sufism and Religious tolerance and is an adjunct professor at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley. 

Issa Nesim Enver doing music, dzikr and teaching. 

Music with Lior Tsarfaty, Bruce Silverman, Julie Batz & Jhos Singer.

The evening will be moderated by Daniella Salzman.
Donations accepted at the event.

We recommend arriving early in order to park and walk to Chochmat.
Co-sponser – Lehrhaus
More information here.

The Open-Faith Salon is dedicated to the memory and legacy of Sheikh Ibrahim Baba Farajaje whose work to build bridges between different faith communities remains an inspiration to all who seek to create peace and understanding through interfaith dialogue.


March 5, 2017


7:00 pm - 9:00 pm



Chochmat Halev
2215 Prince Street
Berkeley, CA 94705 United States



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